The plot and its implications are indeed serious, but Ms.Penny tells her story with a light-handed deftness that allows events to move swiftly." Washington Times "Louise Penny is back at full strength...a gripping plot, rich characterizations, arresting prose and thought-provoking questions of mercy, malice and the contradictions of the human race.' In Style Magazine "The next book in Louise Penny's much-loved Chief Inspector Gamache series does not disappoint.When a little boy who constantly tells tall tales disappears from his Quebec village, the community is forced to reexamine his supposed stories.Gamache's 10th outing culminates in one breathless encounter, and readers may feel they weren't prepared for this story to end. This series dominates best-seller lists and award lists for a reason.Penny tells powerful stories of damage and healing in the human heart, leavened with affection, humor and – thank goodness – redemption.' Richmond Times Dispatch 'A story that examines the making of art and the struggles of artists, 'The Long Way Home" is itself a work of art, a novel that transcends genre, engages heart and mind and, like all of Penny's work, leaves the reader awestruck by the depth of her skills and the decency of her spirit.' Globe and Mail "Louise Penny's new Inspector Gamache novel…is, in fact, the best story so far, thanks to strong characters, a deep and sophisticated plot, and just a soupçon of Joseph Conrad" Audio File has named THE LONG WAY HOME the Best Crime Fiction Audio Book of 2014!!
Clara’s husband, Peter, is missing, having failed to come home on the first anniversary of their separation, as promised.
Penny has shaped a world in which the characters are constantly evolving, reacting to violence but also to love and connection.
Elements of that world might be predictable, even comfortable, but enough remains outside its control to make it worth entering again and again, for both its stability and its surprises." was selected by Amazon as a Book of the Month for September 2015 The Boston Globe chose The Nature of the Beast as their Book of the Week An Indie Next Pick for September i Books - Best of September The Reading Room book blog has also highlighted Former Chief Inspector of Homicide, Armand Gamache, has found a peace he’d never imagined possible, away from the front line of the police and in the tranquil village of Three Pines.
Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. Everywhere Gamache turns, he sees Amelia Choquet, one of the cadets. For both Amelia Choquet and Armand Gamache, the time has come for a great reckoning.
has also been nominated for Best Novel by the organizers of Left Coast Crime New York Times (lead review) "….disquieting….powerful….artful..." Washington Post "…. Miraculous." USA Today made it the lead in its "New and Noteworthy" section, calling it one of the hottest books on sale this week.
With the help of former head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, Armand Gamache, the investigation and the frantic search for him begins.